Free MLB Picks Today: New York Yankees vs Texas Rangers 6/24/23

Free MLB Picks Today: New York Yankees vs Texas Rangers 6/24/23
Sat 24th June 2023

The Texas Rangers (47-28) are on the road to face the New York Yankees (41-35) at Yankee Stadium on Saturday. The Rangers took Friday’s series opener 4-2 in 10 innings, their fourth straight head-to-head victory and fourth in five games this season. Reliever Joe Barlow threw one scoreless inning to get the win, and Will Smith picked up his 14th save with a scoreless ninth.

Nathaniel Lowe was 1 for 3 with one run in the win. Anthony Rizzo’s on-base streak hit 10 games as he went 2 for 3 with one run for the Yankees.

ON THE MOUND

Jon Gray (6-2, 2.96 ERA) is slated to take the mound for Texas. The RHP allowed six runs over 2.1 innings in his last start, an 11-7 road win over the Blue Jays on Sunday. He yielded six hits while striking out two and walking three in the no-decision.

Gray is making his first appearance against the Yankees this season. Over two starts against the Yankees in 2022, Gray was 0-0 with a 2.61 ERA over 10.1 innings.

He had seven strikeouts and three walks. For New York, RHP Luis Severino (0-2, 6.30 ERA) is on the mound. It’s his first appearance of the season against the Rangers.

Severino made one start against the Rangers in 2022, throwing seven innings in a 3-1 road win on October 3. He struck out seven and walked one in the win.

In his last start on Sunday, Severino took the loss on the road against the Red Sox. He threw five innings and gave up four runs (3 ER) on seven hits, striking out six and walking three in the 4-1 defeat.

AT THE PLATE

Over the last five games, Texas has averaged 6.4 runs a game, a small gain compared to their season average of 6.1. Against righties like Severino this season, the Rangers have a .785 OPS, third highest in the league.

Adolis Garcia is the team’s biggest extra-base threat against right-handers with a .498 slugging percentage in 197 at-bats. New York is averaging only 2.4 runs per game in the last five, down from 4.4 for the season, with their slash line slipping across the board (.190/.257/.320). The Yanks have a .704 OPS against right-handers in 2023. With a 1.186 OPS over 144 at-bats, Aaron Judge has been their best hitter against right-handers.

HOME AND AWAY

Texas is 23-15 away from home in 2023, scoring 5.7 runs per game while allowing 3.8 runs. New York has gone 23-19 at their home park this season, averaging 4.2 runs per game while surrendering 3.9. In the last 10 games between the teams at Yankee Stadium, New York is 7-3 with an average scoreline of 3.9-2.5.

STANDINGS UPDATE

The Rangers lead the AL West by six games over the Astros. The Yankees are third in the AL East, 10 games behind the Rays.

SportsTips’ MLB Pick:

Texas Rangers (-140)

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